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Western Australia
Mar 29, 2018 11:16 PM CST
I planted some zz plant cuttings about a month ago (two leaves with a bit of stem). For the first 3 weeks, I watered every Sunday and Wednesday. This week, I have skipped Wednesday because I want to start watering every Sunday only. However, the leaves have started to wilt/curl since last week (sorry if the photos are unclear). They have not turned yellow or brown so far.

The pot has drainage holes, however they seem to be ineffective. The soil is not tightly packed around the holes. The soil is not very well draining and has a thin top layer of coffee grinds.

Should I be concerned, am I under/overwatering?
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Name: Sue Taylor
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Mar 29, 2018 11:32 PM CST
You can't water on a certain day. You need to be watering to the plant's needs.

I would say you need a more free draining compost. Tightly compressed compost is a recipe for rot.
Name: Will Creed
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Mar 30, 2018 5:11 AM CST
Sue is spot-on. Try using a potting mix that is just 3 parts peat moss and one part perlite. Use a small pot and keep the potting mix just barely damp, varying your watering depending on how quickly the potting mix dries out.
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